Overview of the Wine
Lynsolence is made from grapes from my oldest vines (average age 45 to 50 years) grown on 2Ha50 (6 acres) of very gravelly sandy soil. The varietal used is 100% Merlot at a density of 5600 plants per Hectare. These parcels, having an excellent microclimate are next door to such famous estates as Mr Perse's Ch. Monbousquet and Mr Thunevin's Ch Valandraud.
Thanks to these viticultural methods and vinification techniques, I get a wine which regularly exceeds 13.5°. When tasted, this wine is nectar. Each vintage has its personality, and that's as it should be. In general I get a wine that's very black in colour, very concentrated and fruit forward. The nose is creamy, with notes of cashew and morello cherry, bursting with fruit. "It's a real fruit bomb" (says Robert Parker). In the mouth, it is supple, full, fat, silky full bodied and well built. It finishes very long.
Grape / Blend
It has aromas of blueberries, cherries, flowers, and minerals. The wine is powerful on the palate, with strong tannins and a balanced acidity. Wood flavors are prominent in this powerful effort.
Chateau Lynsolence is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Lynsolence is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From another of the small, well-run properties of proprietor Denis Barraud, the 2005 Lynsolence delivers beautiful plum, black cherry and cassis fruit. Some licorice, underbrush and incense are also present in this complex, medium to full-bodied wine, which has terrific purity, length and overall balance. This wine is just starting to be drinkable and should continue to hold nicely for another 10-12 years.
90 Points - Wine Spectator
Blackberry and light vanilla aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Soft and pretty.
Product size: 750ml